Iran clamps down on civil unrest by blocking internet services

Iran clamps down on civil unrest by blocking internet services

As the protests continued, the Iranian government shut down Telegram and Instagram.

Durov promised to investigate the case, and within hours suspended the "amadnews" channel, saying that it violated the "no calls for violence rule". It is said that authorities have temporarily banned these services in Iran to maintain Peace.

Iranian authorities have previously permitted Telegram because of the messaging service's use of local (closed) content delivery networks, a technical decision that has attracted both concern and calls for greater transparency from human rights advocates. While some cryptographers have criticized Telegram's homebrew cryptography, local Iranian users have cared more about the app's independence from the United States. In 2016, the Iranian government started to put pressure on messaging services operating there to move their servers within its borders, sparking fears of privacy breaches.

But that only prompted him to set up a multitude of other channels before the whole app, used by an estimated 40million people in Iran, was cut off by the regime.

As a outcome, Iranian authorities blocked telegram as whole.

As unrest in key cities in Iran continues, the Iranian government has reportedly blocked access to mobile internet and at least two social media platforms. Not the first time though-Facebook was banned in 2009 by the Iranian government after protests erupted following the reelection of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Certain political officials in the USA, including President Trump, have been misusing the protest rallies in Iran to make accusations against Iran despite the fact that US allies in certain countries in the region including Saudi Arabia are not allowed to make the slightest protest against the ruling systems.

"There are many Telegram channels encouraging their subscribers to conduct terrorist operations or corruptive acts", said the minister.

Telegram also touts its end-to-end encryption, meaning every device with Telegram installed has its own encryption keys, which in theory would prevent a government that intercepted Telegram messages from being able to read them. It is used by millions of people globally and has been criticized by US and European officials for allowing extremist groups and terrorists to communicate secretly.

In the past, some Iranians have found ways to get around government restrictions by using tools that evaded Iran's censorship technology.

In other words, Iranian censors are clearly trying to suppress knowledge of how large (and in some cases violent) the protests have become, as well as disrupt the protesters' ability to organise.

More importantly, they subscribe to public channels to get the news that is not available on state media. So far, Telegram has walked the line very well but with increasing unrest in the country, it is likely that a permanent censorship could come sooner than we think.